Faith- something many of us struggle with. Most of us go to church every Sunday, praise God, and listen to the sermons, and then we leave as ‘changed’ people. To us, this means we are true Christians. Well it doesn’t. Church does not define our lives, WE define our lives. If you’re a complete jerk everyday and then go to church at the end of the week, that does not make you a Christian. Faith makes you a Christian. We have to believe that God is there. After all, faith is believing without seeing. If we start losing belief in God, we lose faith in God too. The only way we can truly be called God’s children is if we follow God’s commands and do right in his eyes. The more sins we commit, the less faith we show in God. And the less faith we show in God, the more the devil takes control of our lives. All I’m saying is,FAITH IS BELIEVING WITHOUT SEEING.
SO, has everybody been doing these projects I’ve been asking you to do lately? I have, but let me tell you, not fast forwarding was SOOO hard to stop (in my opinion). Now, as you can hopefully judge from the title of today’s blog, I am writing to you about kindness.
How many of us like to think we are nice people? All of us, right? Now, if we were to look beneath the surface of our own ideas about ourselves and see how we actually act, most of us would be appalled. Despite this, however, we still expect people to like us and to be rewarded for our actions. Take a kid I know from school for example. He calls me and my friends things I don’t think I’m allowed to write here, throws balls at us, calls us morons, shoves us, and then when he finishes bullying us he sort of smiles and starts acting like we’re the best friends in the world! I mean, does he really think I would like him after all of that?!
Now take my mother as an example. She does charity work, cleanup projects, stays up late to help me with my homework, mows the lawn, delivers food to the neighbors, helps people find jobs, and she is NEVER mean about it. She doesn’t hurt other’s feelings or try to mess up whatever they’re working on. She always looks for the best in others, even when the rest of us don’t. That’s a kind person. So that is my project for today-merely lend a helping hand wherever you can and your life will get a little bit better and God will recognize your actions every time you do.
You may be wondering why I am telling you this, and the reason is to show you the difference between a kind person and a not so kind person. However, I want you to think of this-just because you are kind does not guarantee us a spot in heaven. We could be one of the most thoughtful people who has ever lived, and help the community, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what we do privately are good things. Drugs, alcohol, adultery, NOT believing in God, could infest your life and take you on a downhill journey to a bad place. And just because you are an unkind person does not necessarily mean that you aren’t going to heaven, either. Does this make it harder to make it to heaven? YES. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it there. It’s an uphill battle, but if you fight hard you WILL storm the castle of heaven.
WOW it feels good to be back! I am so very sorry that I have not been posting lately like I promised, due to technical difficulties I have not been able to write lately.
Anyway, the topic of today’s post is forbearance. But some of you may ask “what is forbearance?”. It’s quite simple-forbearance is patience. With all of our high tech gadgets today we don’t really have a sense of patience anymore. TiVo introduced us all to the wonders of not having to watch commercials, our iPhones let us control the appliances in our homes, and our new cars drive really fast-so fast that we assume everybody else should be going the same speed. When the other cars slow down in front of us, or our computers slow down or we have to watch commercials (I mean, can you remember the last time you Actually had to wait a few seconds for a webpage to load? IT IS TORTURE) we tend to get frustrated. But the question is why? Not too long ago the top speed of a car was 20 miles per hour, we had to drive on dirt roads, we had NO television, and there were no computers to stall on us.
Now go even farther back-to Jesus’ time period. People walked everywhere, to carry something heavy across town we would have loaded it into a cart pulled by oxen, and kids played with tiny handmade clay dolls. Jesus himself had to have a lot of forbearance. I mean, really, wouldn’t you get the tiniest bit mad if almost EVERYONE was out to get you?? I know I would! But the thing about patience is that most of us have to work on it. A LOT. That feeling you get when that car slows down in front of you is pointless. When has getting mad or complaining about something ever helped? And who are we, mere humans that are only breathing because God allows us to, are only walking because God allows us to, to feel impatient about anything? What makes us so important that we get mad about being late to a meeting or a practice? We are no better than that person who slowed us down, no matter their age, their race, or their height. Every time we think that our needs are more important than someone else’s are moments of pride. Pride is a sin, one that is put in our hearts by the devil. Fight it, because patience is God’s way of reminding us that we’re only human.
My project for this post is simple. Every time somebody cuts you off in a car, or makes you late to a meeting, or cuts in front of you in line, quell your pride and actually thank God for bringing you down to earth. What are we in such a hurry for? Also, watch the commercials on the TV. Don’t change the channel or fast forward, just sit there and maybe talk to whoever you’re with, or just think. You’ll get used to it.
I’m back everyone! Today I will be talking about Joy, the first of nine fruits of the spirit I will be discussing in this session.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
That means that these fruits, these Christ-like attributes, are allowed EVERYWHERE. There is no law preventing you from doing these things, and not only that, the more you practice these, the more you are glorifying God.
Joy is a gift that should and can be given freely to everyone we pass by, and the more we give this gift, the more of it we will recieve in our own lives. How many of us like feeling happy? That should be all of us! We cannot deny that there is suffering in our world. Pain, sorrow, anger, torment. Horrible things that NOONE deserves to feel. These feelings of despair can all be easily cured-by bringing Joy to these people’s lives.
So for the next 24 hours I am issuing a challenge to everybody out there reading this. I want you to go around today and do a very simple thing-smile. Smile at every person you see today, smile as you are just walking down the street. This one simple act can bring unimaginable joy into people’s lives. And don’t smile one of those big creepy smiles where you pull your lips back and widen your eyes, but a soft smile full of warmth. And I mean smile at EVERYONE, after all, we never know just who might need the gift of joy today.
Tomorrow, come back to this blog and post a comment about what happened when you did this, what you felt, what other people said or did. And recruit your friends- every person that the Lord uses to spread his word is one more person helping to bring Joy to the world.
In exactly three days from now (that would be Thursday) I will indulge all of my readers out there with information on The Fruits of the Spirit. No, I don’t mean apples and kiwis, I mean the virtues of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I will make one post each day, one fruit every day- that means nine days of posts.During those nine days I will put a post about each fruit, and give a project for each day. You will get more information in the first fruits of the spirit post.
Until then, I will be posting new messages as often as possible. Come back to the blog whenever you can, because I never know when God will send some inspiration my way for a new post.
And as a sidenote, I’ve been seeing my daily view numbers starting to slowly decline, so please tell everyone you know about this blog! Don’t worry, I still know the point of this blog is to bring glory to God, but let’s face it, it’s nice to have people reading my messages. 🙂
Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This is THE BEST NEWS WE COULD EVER HEAR!!! For all of you out there reading this right now, let me explain. This verse means that for all of us who worship THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, THE FATHER OF JESUS OUR SAVIOR, every time we are put down, made fun of, laughed at and told that God does not exist; everyone who STAYS TRUE TO GOD AFTER BEING TOLD THIS HAS A GUARANTEED SPOT IN THIS MEANS THAT IF WE LOVE GOD AS MUCH AS HE LOVED US, WE HAVE REASON TO REJOICE!! And for all of you reading this who do not believe in God, those of you who PERSECUTE US FOLLOWERS, THOSE OF YOU WHO NEED GOD BUT ARE TOO STUBBORN TO SEE IT; know that you are MAKING IT HARDER EVERY DAY FOR GOD TO ACCEPT YOU INTO HEAVEN, BUT YOU ARE ALSO MAKING THE LORD THAT MUCH MORE DETERMINED TO BRING YOU TOWARDS HIM AND HIS LOVE.
OUR GOD SAVES
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